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COVID-19: DOS provides information on national interest exceptions for certain travelers from Europe

  1. Original Date Announced

    October 1, 2020

    DOS announces that certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics, students, and journalists from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland may qualify for National Interest Exceptions under Presidential Proclamations 9993 (Schengen Area) and 9996 (United Kingdom and Ireland). [ID #1071]

    National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
  3. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    April 8, 2021

    Updates to National Interest Exceptions for Regional COVID Proclamations

    This Biden administration action modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On April 8, 2021, the State Department announced that immigrants, fiancé(e) visa holders, certain exchange visitors, and pilots and aircrew traveling to the United States for training or aircraft pickup, delivery, or maintenance are eligible for National Interest Exceptions to the geographic COVID Presidential Proclamations (9984, 9992, and 10143).

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  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    July 6, 2021

    Extension of Validity for NIEs for Travelers

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On July 6, 2021, the State Department announced the expansion of its national interest exceptions to a 12-month, multiple-entry validity, effective immediately.  Previously, these exceptions were valid for 30 days and a single entry. The policy change affects exceptions issued under all of the existing COVID-19 regional travel bans.

    This new policy is effective immediately and also applies to exceptions issued in the last 12 months as long as the foreign national’s purpose of travel remains the same as when the exception was initially issued.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
April 8, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
July 6, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: Bureau of Consular Affairs

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